07MOSCOW1634, IRAN: PUTIN FRUSTRATED WITH TEHRAN

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07MOSCOW1634 2007-04-11 15:17 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO1479
OO RUEHBC RUEHDBU RUEHDE RUEHDIR RUEHKUK
DE RUEHMO #1634 1011517
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 111517Z APR 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9127
INFO RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUCNIRA/IRAN COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 001634 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/11/2017 
TAGS: PREL PARM UNSC IR RS
SUBJECT: IRAN:  PUTIN FRUSTRATED WITH TEHRAN 
 
REF: MOSCOW 1608 
 
Classified By: Ambassador William J. Burns.  Reasons:  1.4(B & D). 
 
1.  (C)  During an April 10 conversation with Russian 
Presidential Foreign Affairs Advisor Sergey Prikhodko, the 
Ambassador again expressed disappointment with Russia's 
receiving Iranian Deputy Interior Minister/IRGC General 
Mohammed Zolqadr, a individual designated on the UNSCR 1747 
list of key IRGC officials.  Prikhodko took on board the 
complaint without defending the decision to allow the visit. 
Turning to the broader issue of Russian-Iranian relations and 
noting Ahmadinejad's announcement of "industrial-scale" 
uranium enrichment, Prikhodko said that Putin had become 
"quite frustrated" with the Iranian government, including its 
failure to respond to Russian and other overtures on the 
nuclear issue.  According to Prikhodko, he had never seen 
Putin so exasperated with the Iranian regime.  In an April 10 
press appearance, Prikhodko said Russia regretted Tehran's 
lack of a response to the offer of negotiations. 
 
2.  (SBU)  An April 10 article in the leading daily 
Kommersant about the Iranian general's visit reflected the 
souring mood towards Tehran.  After noting the Russian MFA's 
defense of the visit as not violating UNSCR 1747, the story 
characterized Zolqadr as "malicious," said Tehran had burned 
its bridges by not abandoning its nuclear program, and noted 
that Russia and China had now been placed in a difficult 
position by Iran's failure to respond positively. 
 
3.  (U)  On April 10, the MFA reacted skeptically to 
Ahmadinejad's April 9 announcement, with the spokesman 
warning against the media's "sensationalistic" treatment of 
Iranian pronouncements on its nuclear capacities.  The MFA 
went on to note Russia's concern about Iran's latest 
announcement, criticized Iranian statements that Tehran might 
withdraw from the NPT, and reiterated the EU3 Plus 3's March 
24 negotiation offer.  FM Lavrov was also dubious about an 
Iranian technical "breakthrough" and encouraged verification 
by the IAEA. 
BURNS

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